Vale on its Executive Director of Safety and Operational Excellence


Vale on its Executive Director of Safety and Operational Excellence

​Rio de Janeiro, June 5th, 2019 - Vale S.A. (Vale) informs that Carlos Medeiros was nominated by its CEO, Eduardo Bartolomeo, and appointed by its Board of Directors to the newly created Safety and Operational Excellence Department.

Carlos Medeiros is a senior executive with significant international career, having served as North and Central America CEO at Ball Corporation, a leading manufacturer of aluminum cans. The 22 plants under his management, located in the United States, Canada and Central America, are international benchmarks in operational excellence. The executive has extensive knowledge in lean manufacturing and the operations under his leadership were the first to receive Shingo certification in Latin America.

Graduated from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering with a postgraduate degree from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM) in Marketing, Medeiros also served as CEO at Rexam in Latin America and worked for 25 years at Pilkington / Nippon Sheet Glass, where he led operations in South America and Asia. The executive brings along international best practices for operational standards, having lived in Chile, Japan, United States and Brazil.

The appointment of Medeiros reinforces Vale’s commitment to achieve operational standards that are in line with the leading benchmarks in the world. His solid capacity to lead major transformational projects, together with discipline and a strong process-oriented mindset, will bring an important contribution to the safety and efficiency of our operations.

The creation of the Safety and Operational Excellence Department is aligned with Vale’s new strategic pillars of safety and operational excellence and its new pact with society, as well as Vale’s commitment to become the safest and most reliable mining company in the world.


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Vale on its Executive Director of Safety and Operational Excellence